German physician jailed for illegally issuing masks exemptions


BERLIN — A German physician was sentenced late Monday to 2 years and 9 months in jail for illegally issuing greater than 4,000 folks with exemptions from carrying masks throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

A regional courtroom within the southwestern city of Weinheim confirmed Tuesday that the physician was convicted of “issuing incorrect well being certificates” to folks from throughout Germany, most of whom she had by no means met or examined.

Along with the jail sentence she was handed a three-year work ban and ordered to pay 28,000 euros ($29,550), the sum she had acquired for issuing the medical certificates. Her workplace assistant was fined 2,700 euros.

“The method is extra paying homage to a sale of certificates than a medical process,” the courtroom mentioned in a press release. It famous that she was not faulted for offering certificates to her current sufferers.

Through the trial the defendant had argued that carrying masks was dangerous to folks’s well being.

The physician’s lawyer intends to enchantment the decision, public broadcaster SWR reported.

Dozens of supporters gathered exterior the courtroom in Weinheim, north of Heidelberg, to protest towards the decision and Germany’s pandemic restrictions.

Germany ended necessities to put on masks in lots of indoor settings final yr, although they’re nonetheless obligatory on long-distance trains, in docs’ practices, hospitals, nursing houses and on some regional public transport.


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